Crime Thrillers are so overdone and unimaginative these days that it is extremely difficult to find one that is worth its salt. I think the last new release I watched that I truly enjoyed was the film UNKNOWN and since then it has been more of the same over and over. So imagine my surprise and delight when I checked out The Disapearance of Alice Creed and was absolutely blown away.
I had heard good things about the film but admittedly have low expectations. A direct to dvd release and one that had not gotten alot of mainstream attention I was hesitant to say the least. This british crime thriller is not only a fantastic film it is single handedly bringing the thrills back to crime thrillers.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED is a tense and twisty British thriller which comes out on Blu-ray™ and DVD November 23rd, from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Described as a “brutally efficient thriller” by Mike Hale of the New York Times, the film draws the viewer into a daring kidnapping scheme that complicates the balance of power between captor and victim with fast-paced action, smart dialogue, and sharp performances by an elite and award-winning British cast.
I count very few crime thrillers as my favourites and those include The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun, SNATCH, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and now The Disapearance of Alice Creed. The film boasts a fantastic cast which includes new up and comer Gemmar Arterton and the talented Mark Compston and Eddie Marston.
A talented and small cast combined with a masterful script and excellent director Alice Creed is a crime thriller that will entertain, shock and get you up in your seat paying attention. A throw back to classic thrillers where the focus was on the story telling and environment and less about splashy visuals and big name stars to say that this film is refreshing is an understatement.
If you buy one movie on a whim this year it should be The Disapearance of Alice Creed. Dark, thrilling, tightly written and far from the typical formulaic Hollywood fare this movie as noted brings new levels of intensity and imagination into the genre. A must buy for fans of the crime thriller concept.